Media insist that illegal aliens do the jobs Americans won't do. The standard media approach focuses on agricultural workers. The US Report has often pointed out American citizens and legal immigrants would take many of the jobs that go to illegals in hotel, landscaping, construction and other industries.
Add the nuclear industry to that list.
KVOA (Tucson, Ariz.) said an illegal was found working in Palo Verde Nuclear Plant, the largest in the nation. Presumably security there is tight.
Cruz Loya Alvares told law enforcement authorities he's lived in the U.S. illegally for about 15 years.
KVOA said, "He was detained and deported in 2000 but paid a coyote for re-entry into the U.S. And last month, Cruz admitted that in June 2011, Mesa Police cited him for driving with a suspended license...According to Sheriff Arpaio, Cruz tried to gain access to the Nuclear power plant on Monday but was denied entrance because his Mexican Driver's license was expired."
Cruz did get in, as a passenger in a contractor's vehicle. KVOA said he used an Arizona ID card.
The Center for Immigration Studies published figures from the US Dept. of Labor. The figures are sobering:
"Of the estimated 11.9 million illegal immigrants in the United States in 2009, 8.3 million illegal immigrants are believed to be in the civilian labor force (Passel and Cohn, 2009, p. iii). This means that illegal immigrants account for about 5.4 percent of the civilian labor force and 35.6 percent of the total foreign-born labor force. Moreover, these numbers are acknowledged to be conservative, with the “real” numbers and percentages being no doubt higher due to statistical undercount."
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/July 15, 2011)